Taking your kids to a ballgame

Taking your children to a baseball game can be a memorable experience. Here’s how to make the most of it

Bring a tablet/smartphone

This way they can watch videos or play a video game and not the actual ballgame

Buy them all food they ask for

Hot dogs, popcorn, peanuts, cotton candy, funnel cakes, dippin’ dots, etc. This keeps them busy instead of watching the game.

Bring signage

Things like “First game”, “It’s my birthday” and wave them in front of players or coaches so you can collect as many signed baseballs as possible.

Pose them for shots

Take pictures with all the gear you’ve collected for them. Post them immediately on Instagram or Facebook with the false narrative that they are big fans of the game when they haven’t actually one inning.

Actually watch the game

Here’s an idea, watch the game. Eat a stadium classic food and enjoy the sights, sounds and smells of the ballpark. No distractions just baseball.

Share the road


I don't know who I'm more afraid for. The guy on the bike or the two men putting their faith in that tailgate.

It's fine if you want to ride your bicycle, but c'mon, across the twists and turns of the Great Smoky Mountain Expressway? You put your faith in people who text and drive around kiss your a$$ turns? You are a true adrenaline junkie if the odds of getting smeared all over the side of a mountain are this high.

Softball tournament essentials

What do you bring when you’re at an all day softball or baseball tournament?

A player – It doesn’t make sense to attend a tournament if you don’t have a player

A cooler – Preferably something that holds ice for more than an hour

Something to keep a cooler cold – You can put ice or these cooler shock pad

Something to keep cold – Skip the soda and beer and bring lots of water and Gatorade. Bring fruits, nuts and other low sugar snacks to keep fueled.

Cooling towels – It’s better than nothing

Sunscreen – Don’t forget to apply every few hours or you will have tan lines on your face.

A chair – Preferably one with shade if don’t have have any friends that have a canopy.

First aid kit – Things will happen and bleed or get swollen.

Wagon – It’s better than carrying everything

Bonus points if you bring a generator and fans.

The Karate Kid ruined martial arts

I mean that in the nicest way. It inspired many kids to stand up to bullies by learning martial arts from a janitor while executing illegal moves in a tournament. The ref seemed to turn a blind eye to Daniel-San.

I’m not talking about that, I’m talking about whenever someone finds out you are taking martial arts. It doesn’t matter if it’s Kung-fu, Tai Chi, Karate, Taekwondo, Jujitsu, or Ninjago, someone will form a crane stance and make a Bruce Lee woo to make fun of you. Depending on how much you learned and if you are any good, then now is a good time to sweep the leg.

Sideline coaching Swim Edition

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How do you coach your child in swim from the sidelines? It’s easy, here are a few tips.

  • Tell them to dive, what other way to enter the pool?
  • Scream at them to “Go, pull, stroke” while they are coming up for air.
  • Tell them to swim fast
  • Tell them to swim hard
  • Point out their mistakes as soon as they exit the water
  • If they won first place, make sure they beat their previous time. Otherwise tell them what they did wrong
  • If they won first place and beat their previous time, point out their mistakes so they know to improve.

As you can see it’s pretty easy to coach from the sidelines for swim as well. If your kids aren’t crying or cracking under the pressure then you aren’t doing your job.

Also see How to coach baseball/softball

Have you ever tried travel ball?

Travel ball is where you take your kids to spend an entire Saturday (and Sunday if you are good) at a ball field in the brutal summer heat. These children get yelled at by coaches and parents who are living vicariously as a result of their failed sports careers.

Coaches almost losing their $#!T because some 9 year old girl didn’t throw the ball exactly when he told her to. Fingers wagged inches from a little girls face because they swung at a ball too high in the strike zone. Opposing team coaches yelling passive aggressive statements about how your child is an easy out or can’t find the plate. This can’t be good for the child’s psyche, it’s no wonder that kids quit playing sports and start doing drugs. More pressure than an Instapot full of beans.

How about coach at practice and then let the kids play at the tournament. Stop treating your players like a video game. Just an FYI, this doesn’t happen on our team, but I see it on many others.